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Radiator Grille and Hood Ornament Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Radiator Grille and Hood Ornament Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Pliers, 8mm nut driver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz E320 (2003-09)
Mercedes-Benz E500 (2003-06)
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-06)

Parts Required:

Radiator grille and hood ornament

Hot Tip:

Work carefully to not damage hood or grill

Performance Gain:

Nice looking exterior trim

Complementary Modification:

Paint grille black

The hood ornament and radiator grille on a Mercedes-Benz have been signature features for what seems like forever. Let's be honest here. One of the most prominent features of a Mercedes-Benz is the hood ornament and the large center grille. The shape or design slightly evolves with each model, yet still retaining that classic look. The grilles are usually coated in chrome and made of plastic. This leaves them susceptible to damage. In my area, the chrome flakes off or the grilles themselves become loose. Once loose, they will rattle and sometimes scratch the finish on the hood. If you have a faulty or worn grille, you can quickly freshen up the look of your W211 by replacing them. The hood ornament has been a popular item for thieves for a long time. Thieves are often unable to remove the hood ornament and leave it damaged. Once bent or skewed, the ornament will require replacing.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

The radiator grille consists of one grille (green arrow) mounted in the hood.
Figure 1

The radiator grille consists of one grille (green arrow) mounted in the hood. The hood ornament attaches to the center of the hood (red arrow) and can be easily removed from beneath the hood.

Hood ornament: Open the engine hood.
Figure 2

Hood ornament: Open the engine hood. To remove the hood ornament, you have to rotate the retaining tab (red arrow) 90 degrees until it aligns with the slots (green arrow).

Hood ornament: I use a pair of pliers with the jaws in the wider setting (red arrow).
Figure 3

Hood ornament: I use a pair of pliers with the jaws in the wider setting (red arrow). Then, put the jaws of the pliers inside the tabs (green arrow) and rotate them until they are aligned with the slots. Using the pliers in the wide stance, makes it so I don't have to keep much pressure on the tabs. The jaws of the pliers are in just about the right position to get a good bite.

Hood ornament: Once rotated and aligned, remove the ornament from the hood.
Figure 4

Hood ornament: Once rotated and aligned, remove the ornament from the hood.

Hood ornament: To install, hold the ornament flush with the hood, Then, reach inside the hood and put the jaws of the pliers inside the tabs (green arrow) and rotate them until they are rotated 90° away from the slots.
Figure 5

Hood ornament: To install, hold the ornament flush with the hood, Then, reach inside the hood and put the jaws of the pliers inside the tabs (green arrow) and rotate them until they are rotated 90 degrees  away from the slots. Using the pliers in the wide stance enables me to put little pressure on the tabs. The jaws of the pliers are in just about the right position to get a good bite.

Hood grille: Open the engine hood.
Figure 6

Hood grille: Open the engine hood. Then remove the six 8mm fasteners (red arrows).

Hood grille: Open the engine hood.
Figure 7

Hood grille: Open the engine hood. Then remove the six 8mm fasteners. Be sure to support the grille while removing the fasteners, as it could fall and damage the hood mounting holes or the grille.

Hood grille: Remove the grille from the hood.
Figure 8

Hood grille: Remove the grille from the hood. Before installing the new grille, be sure there are sheet metal anchors (red arrow) on the new grille. If not, transfer them over to the new part.

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